Special educational needs and the library

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), or additional needs as they are also known, need effective library provision. Anne's popular courses explore learning and reading difficulties and differences and identify ways to improve access and provide appropriate support and resources.

She provides special needs courses for public library staff, secondary school and further education librarians, primary school library and literacy leaders, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and special school staff. She also delivers cross-sector training.

Anne offers face-to-face and online options.

Participants can expect to gain:

  • more understanding of learning and reading disabilities and neurodiversity and their implications for libraries
  • greater awareness of the barriers to learning and participation
  • knowledge of the legislative and educational framework to SEN provision
  • new ideas for inclusive provision
  • practical ways to support SEN children's reading and information skills
  • more awareness of suitable resources and how to select and exploit them
  • greater confidence when helping children and young people with learning problems

This training comes with a comprehensive information pack.

What people say about this training

I have gained a great deal of understanding of the difficulties special needs pupils face in relation to reading and use of the library.

The course provided me with some fantastic new ideas about how I can ensure that children with special educational needs are attracted to the library, how I can make simple alterations to the library in order to support these children and how important it is to design sessions that children with special educational needs can engage in. I will be taking all of these ideas forward in my library.

Excellent ideas, books, weblinks to use and consider. Lovely to talk ideas through with others and pick their brains.

Excellent trainer who stimulated wide ranging debate and suggested practical strategies for improvement.

Very useful. It will help me formulate a more concrete vision/strategy for engaging with children with special educational needs in the library. It was presented in such a way as to demystify the concept and create the confidence to proceed.

V good ideas that I will use for homework club/storytime/class visits.

It has given me a lot of ideas to take away on how to make more use of the school library and to improve my department's development in this area.

Encouragement to look critically at SEN provision and act.